The Program for Black Church Studies

Consistent with the progressive traditions historically associated with the Divinity School, the Program features a critical methodology, spiritual depth, and social witness. Opportunities for the intellectual and professional development of transformational leadership in African-American communities are offered through academic courses, lectureships, symposia, worship services, volunteer community projects, and social gatherings and celebrations.

Recent Articles from Our Program

Six Things to Consider Concerning a US Strike Against Syria

Six Things to Consider Concerning a US Strike Against Syria

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The Lord of the church is not an American; Christ is sovereign Lord over all of creation. As Christians we are not exempt from having an opinion or voicing a position concerning the possibility of our nation launching a unilateral attack against Syria over its alleged u… Read More
Workplace Diversity and Private Construction in Rochester

Workplace Diversity and Private Construction in Rochester

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A letter to the City of Rochester from President Marvin A. McMickle regarding recent actions to make construction sites enact better workplace diversity practices. Read More
Pres. McMickle Responds to Zimmerman Acquital

Pres. McMickle Responds to Zimmerman Acquital

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The acquittal of George Zimmerman on all charges in the death of Trayvon Martin set off debate and protest across the nation. President McMickle lent his unique perspective and wisdom to the discussion through local and national media outlets. Read More
Pres. McMickle Co-signs Statement on Voting Rights Legislation

Pres. McMickle Co-signs Statement on Voting Rights Legislation

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Pres. McMickle recently co-signed an op-ed addressing the ongoing immigration reform debate and the recent Supreme Court decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act in June. Read More
New Satellite Course to Be Offered in Buffalo, NY

New Satellite Course to Be Offered in Buffalo, NY

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CRCDS will now offer two courses remotely during the 2013/2014 Academic Year. One course shall be taught each term at First Shiloh Baptist Church in downtown Buffalo on Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm with a mid-point break for prayer and reflection. Read More
The Rev. Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock Leads Community Worship

The Rev. Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock Leads Community Worship

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Dr. Earnock, Sr. Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, is the first guest speaker in "Challenges of the 21st Century" at CRCDS.… Read More
Pres. McMickle to Give Palm Sunday Sermon

Pres. McMickle to Give Palm Sunday Sermon

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Pres. McMickle will be preaching on Palm Sunday at 10:45 am at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 141 Adams St Rochester, NY 14608 (Pastor Rickey Harvey). Read More
"The national agenda must focus on the poor"
Pres. McMickle's Guest Commentary in City

"The national agenda must focus on the poor" Pres. McMickle's Guest Commentary in City…

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A guest commentary by Pres. McMickle that published in City Newspaper on January 9, 2013. During President Obama’s first term and again in his successful re-election campaign, virtually nothing was said or done about people in the United States who are trapped in a cy… Read More
Jan. 19, 2013: The 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Gospel Song Fest

Jan. 19, 2013: The 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Gospel Song Fest…

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The Black Student Caucus is pleased to present celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin L. King through song that will feature a 300-Voice Community Choir on Saturday, January 19, 2013 @ 6:00 pm. Read More
"Weekend Reflections on the Recent Events in Newtown, Connecticut"

"Weekend Reflections on the Recent Events in Newtown, Connecticut"

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A Statement from Pres. Marvin A. McMickle: I have waited a few days to write out my thoughts about the terrible events that occurred last week at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. There are no words that can help us understand the depth of grief that h… Read More